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We review Paper and Stone, the new acoustic single from Superbloom

North London Alt-rockers release the acoustic version of their single ‘Paper & Stone’. This new version of the song allows the poetic lyrics to take centre stage. The touches of strings elevate this stripped back single, adding interesting melodic movements that move against the vocal melodies. The richness of the cello provides a beautiful contrast to the guitar lines and bare vocals.

The effects of Covid are on show in the music video, with the violinists and cellist wearing face masks, a testament to the strange times we are living in. The band say that the time afforded by the pandemic led to the creation of this song so it seems fitting that there is tangible evidence of the ‘new normal’.

Superbloom has two core members; Robert James and Sam Lidington, who have worked with producers Ed Sokolowski (EAS Studios) and Joe Alfano, as well as session musicians Nicole Collarbone and Julian Pentzto bring their vision to life.

An acoustic version of a single is the perfect opportunity to explore alternative sides to a band’s creativity and can reveal new aspects of a song that you already know. Superbloom has achieved this with ‘Paper & Stone (Acoustic)’, which highlights their songwriting abilities, and reveals a flourish for the more tender side of song production. The strings are perfectly balanced against the grit in the lead vocals, and it is great to have the lyrics so prominent in the mix.